Title: Petition of Allison Nailor, 15 July 1862
Date: July 15, 1862
Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 520, Reel 6. The original document is held in the Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, 1775–1978, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 217.6.5. Within the National Archives' Archival Description Catalog, see ARC Identifier 4644616 / MLR Number A1 347 (http://arcweb.archives.gov).
Civil War Washington ID: cww.00959
To the Commissioners under the act of Congress approved the 16th of April, 1862, entitled "An act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia."
Your Petitioner, Allison Nailor of Washington D.C. by this his petition in writing, represents and states, that he is a person loyal to the United States, who, at the time of the passage of the said act of Congress, held a claim to service or labor against six persons of African descent of the name of William Johnson Joseph Johnson Sallie Butler Martha Wharton Phillis Lewis for and during the life of said persons and that by said act of Congress said persons were discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said persons were of the age of 15. 10. 19. 38. 40. & 24 years respectively and of the personal description following:(1)
- William Johnson, Mulatto about 5 ft 2 in high, 15 years old & sound
- Joseph Johnson Mulatto 4 ft 3 in high 10 years old & sound
- Sallie Butler Dark Mulatto 5 ft high 19 years old
- Martha Wharton Mulatto 5 ft 4 in high 38 years old
- Phillis, Black 4 ft 6 in high 35 years old
- Lewis, Black 5 ft 10 in high 24 years old
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said persons in manner following:(2) Bought William & Joseph Johnson from their Mother they having to serve until they are 21 years old as shown by bill of sale. Sallie Butler was mine by birth, having owned her mother. Martha Wharton I bought of Col. Smoot as shown by bill of sale. Lewis I bought of Mrs. Thomas as shown by bill of sale and Phillis I bought of [no handwritten text supplied here] as shown by bill of sale.
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said persons was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of 5400 dollars in money.(3)
- William Johnson is a good ploughboy & handy with horses
- Joseph Johnson is a good house boy
- Martha is a good cook, washer & ironer and seamstress
- Lewis is a first rate coach painter and performer on the violin being the leader of a band.
- Phillis is a first rate cook washer & ironer
Your petitioner hereby declares that he bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that he has not borne arms against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto.
And your petitioner further states and alleges, that he has not brought said persons into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said persons was held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your petitioner's claim to such service or labor.
Your petitioner further states and alleges, that his said claim to the service or labor of said persons does not originate in or by virtue of any transfer heretofore made by any person who has in any manner aided or sustained the present rebellion against the Government of the United States.
And your petitioner prays the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of his said claim to the service or labor of said persons herein above set forth; and if the same be found to be valid, that they appraise and apportion the value of said claim in money, and report the same to the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, in conformity to the provisions of said act of Congress.
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, Allison Nailor being duly sworn, do depose and say, that all the several matters and things which are set forth and stated in the foregoing petition, as of my own knowledge, are true in substance and in fact; and that all the several other matters and things therein set forth and stated, as from the information of others, I believe to be true in substance and in fact.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 15 day of July A. D. 1862.
Wm R. Woodward clk
Note (2.)-- Here state how the claim was acquired, when, from whom, and for what price or consideration; and, if held under any written evidence of title, make exhibit thereof, or refer to the public record where the same may be found.
Note (3.)-- Here state such facts, if any there be, touching the value of the petitioner's claim to the service or labor of the person, as may enhance the same, and also such facts, if any, touching the moral, mental, and bodily infirmities or defects of said person, as impair the value of the petitioner's claim to such service or labor, and conclude such statement with an averment that the petitioner knows of no other infirmities or defects of said person which impair the value of petitioner's claim to such service or labor, and that he believes none other to exist. If the petitioner specify no such infirmity or defect, then his statement touching the value of his claim should conclude with an averment that he has no knowledge of any such infirmity or defect.